Tory changes to poverty measurement are based on an obscene lie

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Thanks to Gabrial Scally for tweeting the following:

“A Tory classic. The Queen’s speech mentioned ‘poverty’ & ‘deprivation’ once. In this single disgraceful sentence.”

He was, of course, referring to the Conservative Government’s insistence that poverty will disappear if systems used to measure UK citizens’ lack of money cease to measure – guess what?

Their lack of money.


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7 thoughts on “Tory changes to poverty measurement are based on an obscene lie

  1. John

    In Alan Clark’s memoirs he mentions that when he was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Employment in 1983 he spent most of his time fiddling the unemployment figures. Out of 33 changes he made to the figures, 32 had the effect of reducing the figure while the 33rd only slightly increased it.
    Where the Tories are concerned, very little changes.
    Maybe that is why they are called the Conservative Party?
    They like to conserve old dodgy practices for as long as they can!

  2. Di ane

    ‘Tory changes to poverty measurement are based on an obscene lie’

    YOU THINK!!!

    n.b. sarcasm not meant for the writer

  3. Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl)

    I have appreciate your article Mike but the comments made (no doubt written for) the Queen are an insult to all of us. To come out of the EU would be playing right into these greedy Conservatives’ hands as, without the European Court of Human Rights, they would be able to manifest even more undemocratic policies in order to make themselves richer at the expense of all of us except, of course, their rich pals.

  4. Norma Roberts

    Strange isn’t it how the wealthy, especially the very wealthy, for some strange reason, seem to cope much better financially, and life chances wise, with family breakdown, addiction, ill health, job loss etc? Also they don’t seem to suffer with debt problems. They must have something which assists their sail on the rough, unpredictable, sea of life. Something which shields them from the financial ravages of divorce, illness, addiction, job loss, even, it seems, stupidity, and behaving like a total arse. If only we knew what it was that the wealthy have, that poorer people do not have, it’s a mystery…

    1. John

      “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different. ” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald.

      “The rich were dull and they drank too much, or they played too much backgammon. They were dull and they were repetitious. He remembered poor Scott Fitzgerald and his romantic awe of them and how he had started a story once that began, ‘The very rich are different from you and me.’ And how some one had said to Scott, “Yes, they have more money”. But that was not humorous to Scott. He thought they were a special glamorous race and when he found they weren’t it wrecked him as much as any other thing that wrecked him.” ― Ernest Hemingway.

      Take your pick!

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